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1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-1314
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4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over...
Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
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  • 131
    Very good
  • 57
    Average
  • 21
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  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
One and a half thumbs up

This is a cute little joint right on the bay. Every table has a great view of the waterfront. The waiter was very attentive and friendly. I ordered the fried oysters and they were perfectly plump and juicy. They had a little too much breading for my taste but I would order them again. The baked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
45Cocojr
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San Antonio, Texas
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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516 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Belen, New Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Alexis was EXCELLENT, he made our dining experience PERFECT in every way!!!!! The food was Excellent also.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

We're very lucky to have Alexis as part of our team, and I'll be sure to pass this wonderful feedback along -- it sounds like he really made an impression. Come back and see us again if you're ever back in town -- we'd love to welcome you back. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Plano, TX
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

First night we had the salmon plus the combo fish/shrimp dish (believe it was called the General Hector--$25.00). Salmon came with potatoes ($24.00). Excellently prepared. My husband's dish was also excellent plus he had the seafood soup which was excellent--so much so that we went back to this restaurant again so my husband could have a large bowl of the... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

We love that you decided to come back twice -- this definitely means we're doing something right. Excellent food and excellent service is what we're all about, and I'm so happy both hit the mark for you. Have a great day, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a cute little joint right on the bay. Every table has a great view of the waterfront. The waiter was very attentive and friendly. I ordered the fried oysters and they were perfectly plump and juicy. They had a little too much breading for my taste but I would order them again. The baked potato was a little... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you stopped by to have a meal with us. Nothing like having fresh seafood with a view. Hope you guys will be back to eat with us again soon. Until then, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I went to celebrate my birthday at Sea Ranch Restaurant. We chose this restaurant based on reviews and wanting more of a fine dining experience. Atmosphere was very laid back and clean. Upon arrival on a Saturday night, we had to wait 1hr half to be seated for our meal. My expectations were very high based on the wait. I... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Sorry to hear you weren't pleased with your visit. I can assure you that we use fresh ingredients and cook everything in our kitchen, so it's troubling to hear your review. We know we're capable of much more and hope we get another chance to prove that. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We googled seafood restaurants and this one came up. Good variety with various excellent seafood choices. Excellent sides but I found the clam chowder heavy on potatos and creamier than normal. Good timely service. Watch where you sit. On our visit we were too close to air condition vent and needed a jacket.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Aren't we lucky Google pointed you in our direction, Darrell? Nothing like fresh seafood, and it's great that you enjoyed ours. We'll be sure to keep you away from the vent the next time you visit. Until then, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The seafood was fresh and the food was served hot and crisp. Our waiter was friendly and answered any questions that we had. The food came quickly and was tasty. The décor was a little outdated and I was seated next to a beam, so my view was blocked. The bathrooms were clean and staff was friendly. Overall, a very... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

It puts a smile on our face to hear this review, Ashley. So glad you enjoyed your food and service. Hope you'll be back to dine with us again. Until then, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

McAllen, Texas
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The food is always very good as well as the views and atmosphere in the restaurant. We have been back to this restaurant many times and it is consistently very good.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you've been by our place on numerous occasions, Laura. Happy to hear we've been able to knock it out of the park each time. Hope you'll be back soon. Until then, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Katy, Texas
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Waiter was knowledge and friendly. Food priced a little high but served fresh and quickly. Only complaint was that we had to wait a while for check but I'd much rather ask for check than have it brought before you even finish eating. Views of the the ships in bay made the meal even more special.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Happy to hear your waiter was able to serve you a quality meal, Ronda. Nothing like fresh seafood with a view. Hope you'll be back to see us again soon. Until then, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Houston
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The Sea Ranch is a South Padre Island staple. Always good and dependable for good food. One of the nicest places on the island.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

It means a lot to be a South Padre Island staple, EKWhouston. Thanks for the high praise, and we hope you'll be back to see us soon. Until then, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The meal was very good and service was excellent. Be sure and enjoy the Area fish and your servers recommendations. We had the shrimp but fish was popular also. Enjoy your meal. We did.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Happy to hear you were a big fan of our seafood, Mary. Hope you'll be back to enjoy another meal soon. Until then, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: 956-761-1314

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups

Description

Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?